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Preparing for divorce may be smart

When New Jersey couples get married, they usually believe that they will always be together. However, it is possible that the marriage could end, which means it may be practical to prepare for such an eventuality. Regardless of whether an individual is married or not, it may be a good idea to learn basic fiscal literacy that includes learning how to budget or how to save money for retirement.

Baby boomers driving divorce rates up

One age group in New Jersey and around the country is responsible for driving the divorce rates up to above 50 percent. While people in younger generations have been divorcing less frequently in the past few decades, baby boomers have instead been divorcing even more.

Spousal support after an immigrant divorces

While prenuptial agreements provide New Jersey couples with the ability to pre-plan their exit terms in case a marriage becomes difficult, there can be situations in which a prenup is deemed to be inappropriate by the court system. A federal court case heard in San Francisco dealt with a prenuptial agreement and alimony terms between a U.S. citizen and his immigrant wife. A marriage contract was executed that affirmed that the husband would provide support in order to ensure that his wife's income remained above the poverty level by at least 25 percent once she immigrated. However, the couple also executed a prenuptial agreement that involved both partners giving up their rights to alimony in the event of a divorce.

Paying for private school with child support

For many New Jersey parents, private school attendance seems like a must so that they can ensure their children will have better starts in their lives. When a couple divorces, it may be very difficult for the custodial parent to afford to pay for private school tuition alone, however. Some custodial parents ask the family court to order the other parent to pay costs towards private school tuition in addition to regular child support.

Virtual visitation in child custody cases

In some child custody cases, New Jersey parents who are unable to see their children in person as often as is ideal might have some form of "virtual visitation" with the child. This is simply the practice of keeping in touch with children using technology that may range from the old-fashioned phone call to more up-to-date methods of contact such as Skype or instant messaging. Some jurisdictions refer to it as "electronic visitation" or "Internet visitation."

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